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The Rowan
 
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The Rowan (The Tower and the Hive #1)

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Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future.

The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talen...more
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Published September 1st 1991 by Ace Books (first published 1990)
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LiteraryLover
The Rowan is about a woman who was found orphaned as a baby on a small mining planet. Her entire town was destroyed during a mudslide leaving her as the only survivor. She may not have survived anyways due to her being trapped inside a vehicle under the mud. However, Rowan has incredible psychic powers in telepathy and telekinesis which caused people from other planets to hear her crying. She was eventually saved and placed with someone to watch over her. Due to her strong powers, they thought t...more
Stephanie
I first read this book when I was 7 or 8 years old. I have read it EVERY year since. I love this book. I sincerly hope that they never make a movie about this book so that they cannot ruin it for me.
The thing that I love the most about her is that she is strong and fierce, but also soft and feminine. That is how I strive to be. She has influenced me throughout my adolescence and I will continue to read her story probably for the rest of my life. I will give this book to my children to read. I h...more
Jamie
This was the first book I ever read by Anne Mccaffrey. And I was hooked from the very beginning! A great science fiction with just a touch of romance. The series focuses heavily on telepathy, and psychokinesis. Those that have these abilities are known as Talents. Rowan is one such person.

The story starts the the girl (to be known as Rowan) at a very young age. This book follows her training as a talent and continues there her young adult years. The Rowan is found to be one of the strongest Tal...more
Wealhtheow
The Rowan is an orphaned girl with incredible psychic power and a cute little psychic pet. Oh the pain she suffers from being an orphan! Oh the oppression of being so powerful! Oh the agony of no one understanding your Speshulness!
Maggie K
Ugh.
I am so annoyed I wasted a whole day on this book. But, I am even more annoyed that is was voted the book of the month under Women in Sci-Fi.
This is space romance. Telekinesis and TElepathy joined in one person, albeit on a space station, does not Science Fiction make, even if there is an alien invasion. And no, I do not beleive in 'Love at first mind-brush'.

To be fair, this book starts well. A small child is the only survivor of a landslide, and her anguished mental state calls for her re...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
So of course I'd read this before, many times — I used to love it, even. I saw it at the library's jumble sale, along with a bunch of its sequels. It was cheap and I was gripped by nostalgia, what can I say.

You can guess by that opening that I'm a bit embarrassed. Well, I am. How did I ever think this was a great romance? Look at it as the story of a charismatic megalomaniac coming along at a time and with the Talent to be helpful to humanity and feed his ego at the same time, and not a romance,...more
Jim
I can't help it, I love these books. I have read this one four times now over a 17 year period. I highly recommend the Pegasus series followed by the Rowan series.

Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future.

The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using ment...more
Estara
Nov 30, 2011 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Tower and Hive series
Recommended to Estara by: auto-read series
I picked this as my first reread of her books - not because I don't have loads of others I could reread but I have realised that I know the plots of almost all books still to a pretty large degree of detail - although my last time rereading is probably ten years in the past.

That's because I discovered her as one of the major female sf&f authors in print in the UK when I went over there for the first time as an au-pair in 88/89. And even in Germany's university towns later one I could get her...more
Caroline
I have to admit that when I first read the blurb I thought it would be a very complicated sci fi story and that I wouldn't love it as much as Anne McCaffrey's dragon books. Well... I was WRONG! This is one of the best book (and series) I have read in a long time. It ranks close to Harry Potter, if not higher. And I stand by what I just said.

Anne McCaffrey wrote two series in the Talents universe which involves Earth functioning thanks to the Talents of telepathic or telekinetic persons in an int...more
Willa
The Rowan is the first book in "The Tower and the Hive" series (also known as "The Rowan" series) by Anne McCaffrey. It is set in the universe of the "Pegasus" trilogy, against a backdrop of a technologically advanced society in which telepathy, psychokinesis and other psychic Talents have become scientifically accepted and researched. Telekinetic and telepathic powers are used to communicate and teleport spaceships through space, thus avoiding the light barrier and allowing for the colonization...more
C.
This is one of my favorite novels, even though it is definitely not one of the best novels I've read.

When I read anything, I tend to enjoy it more when the character development is strong enough that I care about what the characters think and feel, and especially what happens to them.

Anne McCaffrey may be weak at creating actual science fiction—I consider this book to be more of a futuristic fantasy than hard science fiction—but she is fantastic at showing you who a character is as a person, and...more
Jean
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Charlee
The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey is the first novel I ever read that I could not put down. I read it straight through cover to cover. I do that fairly often these days, but at the time it was an event that rocked my world. I once heard a male sci-fi author call McCaffrey’s books a gateway drug for getting girls into sci-fi, but for me this book clued me in on what was missing from the sci-fi books I’d already been reading—romance. The Rowan catapulted to the top of my all time favorites list and here...more
Rebecca
The only reason I picked up this book was because there was a short story in Get off the Unicorn and it peaked my interest - I was NOT a reader. I read this book and loved it and it basically was the spark that started my love of reading. While it reads almost like a biography, going from infancy through to marriage and all the struggles in between of a talented girl and the expectations thrust up on her, the world Anne McCaffrey has created and her characters leaves you wanting more. I have rea...more
Martina the Book Fairy
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I first read it when I was 13 or 14 and continued to pick up Anne McCafrey's entire catalog afterwards. I've read it every few years since (I'm now 34) and still adore it! I even have a signed copy from when I met Ms. McCaffrey back ing 2005. Sadly, the reason I picked it up again was because Ms. McCaffrey passed away just a few days ago - on November 21, 2011. It seemed fitting to read it again now as a celebration of her life and the role she played i...more
Julie Decker
The Rowan was once a scared little girl whose panicked mental cry alerted a whole world that she was a supremely talented telepath, but now she is one of the most accomplished people in her culture. Which, in her case, means she gets to spend much of her time alone in space, moving huge cargo between planets. But when her loneliness is answered in the form of Jeff Raven, she learns more about satisfaction and purpose than she ever had in her career.

I had a very hard time connecting to these char...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
When I first read this book I was blown away. I loved it and I re-read this over and over again. I loved the Rowan. She was amazing. I liked her power and her loneliness with isolation was sad. Even though this is a FT&T story, I felt it was more romance. I would classify this as a young adult book. Then again, I read it when I was a teenager.
Joanna
McCaffrey tends to over-do her female leads sometimes, and the Rowan and Damian are prime examples of this (no pun intended). I still liked the books very much however because they're an easy fun read. They're more sci/fi-romance-adventure really.
Josh

I'm not really a fan of McCaffrey's style or her writing, but I did enjoy this one more than other books of hers. In essence this is a very character-driven tale of self-discovery and a touching story of love and family. We follow the Rowan from the time she is a baby through to motherhood, and everything is rendered very beautiful and real. McCaffrey's style is very visible as there is a lot of focus on character interactions more than the wider world. Still, the aspects of telepathy and teleki...more
Vivian
There is absolutely no character development; however, Anne McCaffrey spends hundreds of pages describing how spaceships and goods are teleported around the galaxy. (This is about as interesting as reading a UPS manual.)



Christy Baker
The Rowan hit all of the right basic elements to hold my interest in a sci-fi book and I enjoyed it, but I can't say it awed me in character complexity or story plot, which felt fairly predictable. Still, for a summer read, it was a light tale of working together to overcome adversity with our heroine and hero falling in love and joining forces to help save the planets in an essentially earth-league. I enjoy stories with either time-twisting or psi-/tele- type powers since I already have belief...more
Tina Hunter
Anne McCaffrey is always a safe bet for a good story. The Rowan was a lovely story that takes you from the early begins of Rowan's life to when she is finally happy with a family of her own. But of course you can't have a sci-fi story just about a lonely girl becoming a happy leader. They fight off some hive-mind aliens bent on destroying an outlying colony, and do so using the ever increasing telepathic and telekinetic abilities of the "Talents". The only reason this isn't a 5/5 is because of h...more
Vicki Jaeger
I'm re-reading all my Anne McCaffrey books, if you hadn't figured that out yet. Anne really keys in on psychic abilities in this science-fiction series about a world where psychic ability is used for space transportation, healing, etc.
She does know how to tell a love story (I will really miss that ability within the Dragonriders of Pern series moving forward), but the series isn't as compelling as the Pern books. That won't keep me from re-reading them mind you, but this will probably be the la...more
Kim
The Rowan brings about a sequel series of The Talent set multiple generations in the future when colonies have sprung out in planets on near stars. The main character is okay, and I found the story interesting although I did have a small problem with the rate in which she fell in love with a man she only new for a very short while(like days). This I can forgive because mind merge and telepathy can kind of make it reasonable... sort of. The story is good in general though and it was an enjoyable...more
Maron Anrow
The first part of the book--the Rowan's childhood--is excellent. Everything that follows feels rushed, especially her love interest and the alien attack. So much time was spent building up her relationships in the first part of the book, and then barely any time was spent doing so in the later parts. Everything happened too fast and it felt artificial. So, while the last part of the book (Rowan's adulthood) is all right, it is disappointing given how terrific the first part of the book (her chil...more
Talitha
This is by far my favorite Anne McCaffrey book I have had the pleasure of reading. I haven't read as many as I like, but when I find them at yard sales and thrift shops, they're an auto-buy.

The Plot:
The Rowan is the main protagonist in this novel, a toddler made orphan by carelessness of the Rowan company, who were mining the planet and decided not to evacuate the camp after ten days of monsoon-like weather, resulting in a mudslide that killed everyone in the area, save the Rowan, who was saved...more
N
The cover of this book may lead the unsuspecting Sci-fi enthusiast to get his or her hopes up for a cinematic-like adventure full of action and intrigue, but in truth it is a love story. The Sci-fi aspect of this novel is very thin and lightly detailed, barely enough to be considered Sci-fi.Now don't let this small fact get your Superman undies in a twist because the author does a wonderful job of leading up to the eventual contact between the Rowan, our dashing heroine, and Jeff, our suave dams...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
A natural disaster on Altair has left a three-year-old girl the lone survivor of The Rowan Mining Company’s base camp. When her mental cries reach every telepath on the planet a search for her becomes a race against time. She was trapped in a hopper under a landslide of mud. No food, no water, no comfort and running out of air. The trauma has left her no memory of her previous life, so she becomes a ward of the planet Altair and is known as The Rowan. The Rowan grows up a powerful telepath/telek...more
Ashley Honecker
In this futuristic tale by Anne McCaffrey, mankind has finally begun to populate the distant stars of the Milky Way. The FT&T, an organization responsible for identifying and training humanity's newest natural resource which range from empaths and precogs to the higher rated telepaths and telekinetics, is vital to this continued colonization. So when the population of Altair is set on edge by the mental cry of clearly an extremely powerful T-rating, the race is one to locate and rescue her f...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more
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